About SNAC

The Allan and Maria Myers Academic Centre building was designed by the award-winning architect team of Peter Corrigan and Maggie Edmond and opened in 2004. It was built through the generosity of many donors, chief among them Allan and Maria Myers.

The Academic Centre, commonly referred to as SNAC (St Mary’s Newman Academic Centre), is a joint facility shared by Newman College and St Mary's College. SNAC contains a library and provides student facilities and spaces for a variety of uses.



The Library occupies two floors of the Academic Centre, and serves over 400 students, tutors and staff of Newman College and St Mary’s College, as well as members of the Loreto and Jesuit communities.

Post graduate students, researchers and scholars from outside the College communities may consult library resources by appointment only.

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Student Resources

The number of resources in the Library exceeds 50,000 items, and includes textbooks, DVDs, recreational fiction titles, newspapers, magazines, games and puzzles, as well as a number of rare and special collections of local and international significance.



The Academic Centre is open 24 hours a day to students of the Colleges for study, research and borrowing of resources.

The Academic Centre contains tutorial rooms, music practice rooms, extensive study spaces, an IT lab, a student lounge area, two student kitchens and outdoor balcony areas with tables and chairs.


Special Collections

The Academic Centre Special Collections include printed material of historical and bibliographical importance.

Special Collections include the Irish Collection, the Australiana Collection, the Manuscript Studies and Medieval Art Collection and the Rare Book Collection. 


IT Services

IT Services for all Newman and St Mary's College residents are conducted and managed from the Academic Centre. The IT Manager is located on the second floor of the centre.
The services we provide are: printing, wireless networking, and network security and reliability.
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O’Donnell Fellowship

The O’Donnell Fellowship commemorates the donation to Newman College, University of Melbourne, of the personal library of Melbourne-based doctor and Irish scholar, Nicholas Michael O’Donnell (1862-1920).

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